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21st Century Skills-Collaborating, Communicating, and Creating with West Boulevard Elementary in Boardman, Ohio

His class, along with Mrs. Schmied's Kindergarten class, are Skype penpals with both our grade four Language Arts' classes. Students have actually met via Skype and have exchanged pictures of one another. Our children sent questions they want their "Skype Pals" to answer. When our students have questions returned, they will be writing a biography about their penpals which they will again share via Skype. This has been an excellent way to strengthen the students' oral and written communication skills through technology. Throughout the year, students will be skyping each other while engaging in a variety of projects. Collaborative student-centered activities are an integral part of the Core Standards in Language Arts.

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